From time immemorial women have handled the mortar and pestle in compounding culinary things, and now it is coming to be realised that they make excellent pharmacists, and are much in request by medical men, because of the economy and care which they bestow on details. There are now upwards of two hundred qualified women chemists, some holding good positions as head dispensers in institutions. The crowning triumph was reached, however, by Miss Gertrude Holland Wren, who won the Pereira Medal, the " blue riband " of pharmacy.
The organisation of the nursing profession was begun amidst jeers and sneers and the shrill cries of Mrs. Grundy that it was not respectable, and unwomanly, for an educated woman to apply herself to the professional nursing of the sick. Florence Nightingale lived to see her efforts and those of her fellow-pioneers triumphant, and it was fitting that she was chosen as the first woman, and as yet the only, to receive the Order of Merit. To be continued.